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Upgrade GPU or CPU next for better performance

#1MakeHatePosted 7/25/2012 6:09:18 PM
Currently have:

GTX 460

and

Phenom II X2 @ 3.4 (was previously unlocked to an X4, but somehow I lost it and cant unlock again)

I was thinking the CPU, but wanted to check with those who actually know.
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#2unsolidsnakePosted 7/25/2012 6:11:10 PM
CPU. Honestly you would probably see more of a performance boost from a high end GPU, but AMD is pretty fail. I have an x6 1090t and I'll be selling it soon for an i5.
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#3Snuckie7Posted 7/25/2012 6:19:56 PM
CPU for sure. GTX 460 is still a good card.
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#4MakeHate(Topic Creator)Posted 7/25/2012 6:23:58 PM
what would be a decent upgrade, without being unnecessary overkill? X4? I know there are newer out, but I dont know what is after that, and worthwhile. I'd need a new mobo to switch to intel, correct?
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#5Fossil(Moderator)Posted 7/25/2012 6:31:18 PM
MakeHate posted...
what would be a decent upgrade, without being unnecessary overkill? X4? I know there are newer out, but I dont know what is after that, and worthwhile. I'd need a new mobo to switch to intel, correct?


Yes. Depending on your board you can probably just drop a quad-core in there. Would be a mild bump in performance but nothing special. Cheaper then going the Intel route.
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#6BilliePilgrimPosted 7/25/2012 6:40:52 PM(edited)
What's the socket?

I'd just aim for the best phenom II you can find. If you've got an am3 socket get a 965 be. If it's like an am2+, then like a 940 if you can find one. I'd stay away from the bulldozer processors if those are even an option
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#7DarkZV2BetaPosted 7/25/2012 6:44:38 PM
I'd just drop the whole build for intel when you can afford it. You're not going to get a big step up from AMD.
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#8Thinking_HurtsPosted 7/25/2012 6:45:55 PM
I wouldn't invest another $100 in an AM3 socket. Save up for an Intel build.
#9MakeHate(Topic Creator)Posted 7/25/2012 7:23:17 PM
how much of an improvement would I see going with something from Intel?

My options seem to be $95 for a 965

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727


Or whatever a new mobo and half way decent Intel would be.
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#10link510Posted 7/25/2012 7:54:03 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113007

You can reuse whatever heatsink you're already using. And if you get another phenom make sure you're getting a solid OC out of it. The only other option in terms of a decent upgrade would be like $300-$350 for a decent i5/mobo combo